Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) | J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)
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87.9%
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4.23 w/ 1,523 ratings
Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)Harvest Ale (Limited Edition)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
jwlees.co.uk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-18-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#903
Reviews:
864
Ratings:
1,523
Liked:
1,339
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
13.71%
Alströms:
4.6
 
 
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269
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225
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1999 vintage oh yeah baby. Today I'm gonna party like it's nineteen ninety nine. Uh, sorry.

Deepest shade of caramel known to man. I'm talking dark caramel. Head tried to well up, but fell on it's sword.

Quite fragrant. As a man of few review words, I'm gonna sum up the scent like this: caramel, alcohol, and roses.

Wow, incredibly smooth. This has the most caramel flavor I've ever encountered in a beer. Seriously, it tastes like 8 parts caramel and 5 parts alcohol. Very sweet and very strong.

Slightly more than medium body and as I said, oh so smooth. Very nicely done at 11.5%

Overall: fixed my wagon

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Autumn 2012 edition. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with minimal head. Taste is cognac, beachwood, cedar, and big toasted malts. Very sweet, heavy bodied, with low carbonation. Overall makes for a tasty malty sipper. Similar to other JW Lee's barleywines. I will get this again and see how this tastes with more age.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Edition. Bought at Premier Gourmet on 11/19/14. Poured into a Chimay chalice, served cool.

Look: Bronze, minimal head.

Smell: butterscotch, vanilla, pecans

Taste: grape skin, smoke, tannins, rich, nutty malts.

Feel: good

Overall: rich, complex, smoky

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

1988 vintage.

It keeps going through my mind...I'm drinking sixteen year old beer. My oldest beer sampled to date, wow. Loads of very tiny sediment floating in the brew, ruby/amber/mahogany colored with absolutely no head or anything resembling carbonation. Aroma is exquisite...notes of vanilla, port wine, sherry, brown sugar, cherries, and alcohol. Wow, complexity in the nose for sure. Flavor is very sweet the whole way through. Hops are not much of a factor at this point, but it retains a nice, rich maltiness. Candy-like sweetness and warming alcohol take over the aftertaste. Chunks of sediment remaining in the bottle are HUGE. This bottle may be past its prime, but its quite delicious right now. Very impressive. I feel as though I am not worthy?

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 vintage. Super sweet, appoaching mead territory. Full of chunks. Absolutely no head. Golden brown. Tastes and smells of carmel, honey, bread, fried bananas. Tons of flavor. No carbonation.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006

A - Into a snifter. No noticeable carbonation, aside from a scant bubbly head that quickly dissapeared to nothing. Body is murky brown, with quite a bit of random floaties. There's no yeast in here so I'm a little bothered. Rather unappealing.

S - Takes a turn for the good here. Caramel, toffee, alcohol, plum/prune, malty, Kraft carmels.

T - Here goes. Nearly what I expected, and hoped. Sweeet... but, good. Caramel, toffee, slight oxidation. Incredibly complex, yet nothing smacking me around. Not at all hoppy, and has the finish of 2007 Short's Anniversary part 1 that I love so much. Alcohol burn only noted in the tummy.

M - Syrupy, little to no carbonation, sugary.

D - Quite frankly, it's a little cloying, but anticipated. The alcohol is surprisingly not noted much aside from the buzz that seems to come on like a freight train.

Notes: My first TRUE english barleywine. For what it's worth, I'll definitely buy another bottle or two for the cellar. I can see this only getting better, and I'm curious to try the barrel-aged versions.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 1997 vintage 275ml 9.6 fluid oz. bottle that was enjoyed on 10-9-02.
This beer pours a slightly hazy very slightly brownish red color with a smallish creamy brownish tan clingy head. The mouthfeel is resiny/oily. The smell is of port wine and RAISINS. The taste is plumlike, portlike , raisiny and alcohol with a mild hoppy finish. Portlike barleywine that is not for beginers-quite tasty.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a hazy amber/copper tone reminiscent of a belgian quad. some sediment; a finger and a half of head with middling retention and some lacing.

nose is both bold and complex. a sweet bouquet of dark fruits, molasses, malts, caramel, honey, alcohol, and a touch of something else i can't quite pin down... cognac maybe? taste follows the aroma. tons going on. booze is more subdued than i'd have thought going off the nose. lot of dark fruits and malt sweetness. very tasty; nice, smooth finish.

mouthfeel is chewy, syrupy - brings to mind the dfh 120. drinkability is solid. i would welcome another. this hasn't been one of my preferred styles but the best i've had to date; in fact it's offerings like this that show you how good the style can be. fantastic EBW.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Pours a murky golden orange with the slightest amount of an off white head that dissolves quickly into a thin ring around the glass. The smell is great- a mixture of sweetnesses that include caramel, toffee, brown sugar, apricot, figs, and even some citrusy orange. No trace of hops left in the aroma after 3 years.

Wow. This is a really good beer that I quite difficult to figure out. Like the smell, the flavor is basically a mixture of miscellaneous sweetnesses, not all of which I can put my finger on. All of those mentioned above are present, with an emphasis on the brown sugar. The first sip is very hot with the 11.5% abv, but it calms down after the palate is subdued by the sugars.

The mouthfeel is a near perfect blend of carbonation and a full body, though it's a little thinner than I would like it to be. The drinkability is limited by the abv and the overall sweetness. This one would probably be better fresh, with a little hoppiness to complement the sugars.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- roasted malt, licorice, molasses, prunes, coffee and a hint of eucalyptus in the finish

color- garnet/brown

clarity- clear with little to no sediment at the end of the pour

smell- brown sugar, syrup, oak, toffee, spice

body- light-medium weight, syrupy on the palate, quiet, slow finish

appearance- dark, flat, no lace, oily

overall impression- it still blows me away that some beers hold up after 21 years! granted, the experience is totally different than a fresh beer but there is a group of us loyals that treasure the liqueur-like qualities of the likes of lees and hardy's after a deep nights sleep.

notes- this review is for a 1988 vintage

glassware: tulip

serving temp.- 52.9 degrees

song- "harvest moon"

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was cloudy brown with a small tan head, a pretty good ammount of sediment that was suspended in the almost viscous body.
The smell was tons of honey and brown sugar, some chocolate, caramel and maybe some dark fruits. Very complex.
The taste was a punch of sweetness; burnt brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, sweet malts, wood, raisin, prune. I'm sure there is more there but theres so much going on its hard to really decipher.
The motuhfeel is sweet. And I mean sweet. Begninning, middle and end, and leaves your tongue coated and feeling smooth.
I think I could do only one of these at a time, as you might go into diabetic shock. Very complex, smooth and interesting, though.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2001 Vintage, poured from the bottle into a rinsed glass tulip.

This poured dark brown with no head and a slight murky edge. Not bad looking at all, for a 15 yr old. The aroma is very complex. It is an amalgam of tobacco, toffee, honey and candied almonds. The prominent flavor is honey, lots of sweet honey tones. The mouthfeel is very appropriate, as its viscous and syrupy. Upon a few imbibes, the taste has quite a long finish that keeps radiating flavors of black tea leaves. It's surprising for how sweet the beer tastes, it is not cloying and I think it's because it's supported by those dark tea-like tannins.

This was very interesting. Its quite amazing when you get to drink a perfectly cellared vintage beer. This is definitely a dessert sipper, not a post-workout or shower beer. A nice splurge.

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Harvest Ale (Limited Edition) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
Beer rating: 87.9% out of 100 with 1,523 ratings
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